IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 3 – Pollution & the Environment

Here’s the last of the three-part series with the now-have-passed Kawal.  So happy to have helped coach her in achieving an amazing 8.0 band in her speaking. If you guys are interested in 1 on 1 coaching, classes, or even the membership site, feel free to reach out to me in the links down below!


IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 2 – Someone Who Has Influenced You

SHE’S BACK! We’re here a day after Thanksgiving, and if you aren’t already subscribed to my email list ( I suggest you quickly get on there for some super deals! With that being said, we’re going to be discussing influence, and as always, you’re going to hear my feedback and how well she does her Speaking Part II.


Business English Podcast Badge | Exclusive | Problems with Eating Out on Business Lunches

Stories, stories, and more stories! What are some problems you may have at a restaurant? Perhaps the food was cold when you got it, indicating that it had been sitting on the counter for some time.  Maybe the chicken is too dry, or the soup was too hot (which doesn’t make sense — but I’ve seen people complain before). Well, I have stories stemming from cold-plated plates in Manly, to cockroaches marching across the table in Thailand.  Plus, you’re going to listen to the dos and more don’ts when selecting a restaurant for a business lunch.

If you want to hear the podcast, down below is my Patreon, and this is available on two badges (podcast on Early Access and Podcast + Template for additional work on the Business English Podcast badge).

This will debut officially December 3rd, but you can get it right now, as well as so many other podcasts!


TOEFL iBT | Part 1 Questions | Answer Template & Tips | 5K PLAYS! {repost}

AMAZING! My first-ever podcast to have reached 5,000 plays! You guys are AWESOME! I just saw my Facebook memories and realized that I posted the 4k plays just a month ago! So, that means I’ve achieved 20% of the overall plays in just a month, and keep in mind, this podcast has been live for just over a year….so THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

Honorable mentions (countries).

22 %
17 %
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10 %
United States
10 %


Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Primary Stress, Schwa, and Consonant Sounds

In the second part of this chapter, we’ll be guessing the primary stressed syllable in each word. This is going to be the last of this simple phase I, thus why it’s the longest write-up of them all. After that, we’ll be going into phase II which is going to feature a lot more content.

  1. Canal
  2. Hotel
  3. Specific
  4. Distribute
  5. Afternoon
  6. Assumption
  7. Inidividual
  8. Biology

Remember use the forward slash for each word and enunciate it out loud.  Stress the first syllable, then second, third (if necessary) and fourth (if necessary). You should then be able to auto-correct yourself because you will notice that if you stress particular syllables within a word, it wouldn’t make sense at all.

In words with more than one syllable, pay special attention to the vowel sound in the stressed syllable.  It is the most important vowel sound in the word.

Let me give you some examples.

Æ – near-front   – Cat

ɛ – near-front      – Let

ɪ – near-front       – it

ɑ – back              – hot

ʌ – back              – cup

List of different words with the sounds: factor, expensive, fantastic, method, custom, promise, respond, geology, instruction, resist, select, audit.

Schwa Sound

Vowel sounds in stress syllables are long and clear, but vowerl sounds in unstressed syllables are weak and unclear. They are usually reduced to the schwa sound, as in about.

  • Office
  • Official
  • Compete
  • Protection
  • Successful
  • Political

Consonant Sounds

Speling often provides clues to pronunciation of consonant sounds, but not always. Notice the different pronunciations for the letter g.

Gold = /g/ as in go.

General = /dz/ as in job

Beige /z/ as in measure


Write the symbol used in your dictionary for the underlined letter(s) in each set of words.  Then find the pronunciation guide in your dictionary and write the key word for each symbol.

                                                                                                Symbol                     Keyword

  1. Zero, lose, close, (verb), razor                                 /z/                                zoo
  2. Show, initiate, pressure, special
  3. Check, furniture, nature, situation
  4. Division, usually, Asia, beige,
  5. Joke, graduate, agent, schedule

Tip: Pronouncing Key words

Before a discussion or presentation, think about two or three key words you will need.  Be sure you can pronounce the words clearly.  Check a dictionary or ask someone who speaks English well to say the words for you.

The words will sound more natural if you ask the speaker to use them in sentences.  You can also ask speakers to record words and sentences you can hear and practice them over and over.

If you want the audio of this (video debuting soon), please go to my Early Access Badge on Patreon. For $5 a month, you get all my podcasts, pronunciation courses, exclusive content, bonus material and more.

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Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Syllables

Here we are with the first official video of the pronunciation phase. Today we’re going to be going over syllables. Make sure you watch me in the video down below so you can hear me explain everything, and of course, you practice your pronunciation. My email is at the bottom, too, so you’ll need to click the video for instructions on what to do.

One Syllable                                    Two Syllables                                  Three Syllables

  Sent                                                      present                                              president

prez(ə)nt/ – is the phonetic symbol for present.

Look at the following words and categorize them in terms of how many spoken syllables each word has: business, center, competition, curious, dictionary, essay, immediate, manager, omitted, own, page, please, positive, text, (bonus) congratulations.

These words have become more and more common over the last two years. How many syllables do each word have?

  1. Hashtag
  2. Selfie
  3. App
  4. Twitter
  5. Urbanization
  6. Tik-tok
  7. Snapchat
  8. Popular
  9. Travel
  10. Fortnight

In words with more than one syllable, pay attention to the strongest syllable – the syllable with primary stress. That syllable is longer, clearer, louder, and higher in pitch than the other syllables.

Free-dom, Fan-TAS-tic, edu-CA-tion

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Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Speech Profile

Before we begin, I wanted to make this as interactive as possible.  What you’re going to do is send me a video – yes – a video of you speaking and giving a thorough introduction of yourself (if you want to do an audio, that’s ok, too).

Why? I want to give you feedback on your pronunciation before we begin the course.  If I don’t, we’ll never know exactly if you will have improved or not.  So, your introduction will be based on the questions down below.

  • Your name, where you’re from
  • Tell me about your hobbies, interests, passion
  • Reasons for taking my course, areas you would like to improve
  • Your overall goal as a non-NES speaker (or Native Speaker)

Pronunciation Features

Consonant Sounds

Vowel Sounds

Grammatical Endings

Word Stress


Thought Groups


Final Intonation

Connected Speech

Consonant Clusters

After you submit your recording, I will grade you in the areas above before sending it to you.

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Features & Benefits – Early Access & Business English Badge Patreon

“Features tell but benefits sell. You’ve got to know the benefits of your product if you want to close.”

In today’s podcast, I discuss how Apple discusses all the features but without benefits, leading to me not buying any of their products in the last half-decade. 

I always beckon the question: “how will your product make my life easier?”

If you can’t answer that, I don’t buy.

So, in regards to my online teaching business, people have seen results just by listening to a 15-minute podcast. They actually get the benefits for free, and this is why my podcast sells itself because of the amazing content I give.

If you’re in sales, have a product, or service, these are things you MUST address.  Tune in!


Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Meeting Sales Targets & Planning a Meeting

Have you mind-mapped your way into organizing your ideas in terms of increasing sales? What do you do with your existing customers? New opportunities? From my personal perspective, there are many outlets and demographics — so I need to be careful with WHERE the time-wasters are and the potential hot-prospects (people who want serious help). In today’s podcast, we’re going to be mind-mapping and listen to a meeting (with various accents) of people discussing future sales opportunities, as well as what YOU THINK will happen in your region next year (considering the pandemic).


Pronunciation Course | Phase I | Introduction

Welcome to my first ever ESL pronunciation course!  First and foremost, thank you for taking the time, and money, to join this course so that you can learn different techniques which you can apply immediately in every day conversation.

The goal of this course is to help you with the different layers of English pronunciation.

  1. Pronunciation Profile/ Overview
  2. Sounds & Syllables
  3. Stress in Words and Sentences
  4. Thought Groups and Intonation
  5. Connected Speech
  6. Vowel and Consonant Sounds

I’ve been teaching English pronunciation for quite some time, so now it’s time to convert this into a course for you guys to use immediately.

Before taking this course, we need to understand what your needs and goals are.

Check the three most important.

  • Participating in casual conversations with native speakers
  • Participating in meetings or discussions at work or school
  • Asking and answering questions in the classroom
  • Talking on the phone
  • Communicating online (social media platforms)
  • Giving short reports or presentations at work or school
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Interacting in the community
  • Using English for international business communication.
  • Other ________________________________.

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